The Guardian has announced a livestream talk, to be available worldwide, by writer Neil Gaiman and artist Colleen Doran in March, discussing their new graphic novel, Chivalry, which launches soon from publisher Headline in the UK, following release by Dark Horse in the US.
Chivalry is an adaptation of a short story by Neil, in which an elderly widow, Mrs Whitaker, unknowingly buys the Holy Grail in a charity shop – an event that launches her into an epic world of adventure with a handsome young knight who goes by the name of Galaad.
In a collaboration that brings to life illustrative styles from the Golden Age, and taking influence from the Illuminated Manuscripts, the publisher describes Chivalry as “a charming and witty tale about taking risks, and finding friendship in unlikely places” – and reviewers have expressed similar views.
“A beautiful new take on a Gaiman classic that will delight you, frighten you, and make you want to read it again and again,” enthused Thoroughly Modern Reviewer.
Neil Gaiman, recently an imaginary castaway on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs, is the creator of over 30 books for adults and children, including internationally-acclaimed bestsellers Coraline and Stardust, and American Gods. He also wrote Good Omens with Terry Pratchett, now adapted for TV.
Colleen Doran is a cartoonist, illustrator and writer who has produced work for Marvel, DC Comics and many others, including illustrations for Stan Lee’s autobiography, Amazing Fantastic Incredible.
Gaiman and Doran have worked together previously on American Gods, The Sandman, Lucifer and the Eisner-winning Snow, Glass, Apples. They will talk to Claire Armitstead about their new work, the art of the graphic novel, and their many collaborations, and will also be answering questions from participants in this livestreamed event.
“I’ve wanted to do an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Chivalry ever since he sent a draft of the story to me at about 1 AM via fax machine decades ago,” says Colleen of the project. “It is one of Neil’s loveliest, most charming stories, and I cried with happiness when I learned I would get to do the adaptation. I wear my art on my sleeve throughout, bringing Golden Age illustration styles and Illuminated Manuscript studies to the work. It’s a Holy Grail project for me. I sincerely hope it brings joy to people.”
“Colleen Doran set the world of comics abuzz (and then cleaned up come awards season) for her adaptation of Snow, Glass, Apples,” says Neil. “Now she’s created a whole new style to tell the story of Mrs. Whitaker and the Holy Grail, and I’m thrilled with every page she sends me. I can’t wait until the world sees what she’s done.”
The event will be streamed globally, and accessible after it takes place, for those unavoidably detained by dragons.
• Neil Gaiman and Colleen Doran: Chivalry 8.00pm – 9.00pm GMT | Wednesday 23rd March 2022 | Tickets £7 plus £0.87 booking fee | Guardian Partners/Patrons save £3.77 (43% off and no fees) |Tickets are available here
This ticket will give you access to the livestream event and the on-demand recording which will be available in the days following.
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The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.